As 2013 begins and we plan for an exciting new year of classes, we look back at all of our board building classes of 2012. Our students made some amazing boards and we made new friends from all over the country and beyond... as well as some great memories. Congratulations and thanks to the Grain Surfboards class of 2012 - may your boards bring you endless joy.
We kicked off the year with a Board Blitz with the Off The Wall design team from Vans in early February.Later in February, Al and Kyle braved the cold in our first 7-day class of the year.At the beginning of March, we went west for our first class in Portland, Oregon. We used locally sourced Western Red cedar and enjoyed a week of great weather in Portland. Thanks to Vin for letting us set-up shop in the Instrument headquarters.We returned to Maine for our March Class, where unseasonable weather continued for Mike, Topher, and Chuck. We were shaping outside in t-shirts...in March...in Maine!Two good friends and two couples filled up our April Board Blitz.We had a really fun crew and mix of boards for our May Class.Cameron chose to make his own surfboard for his high school senior project. He built a 9' Root in our May class and then stayed another week to glass it.
We had quite the class in June! Our then intern Ascher built a Steamer, Outside TV filmed for a short video they made about us, and I broke my nose during a lunchbreak surf.
In the beginning of July, we had three fathers and sons build three boards in three days! Stanton, Nate, and John became the youngest Grain students at 12 years old.Our July Class students came from near and far. Near being our hometown York and coastal New Hampshire. Far being Virginia, Costa Rica, and Tobago!One half of our August Board Blitz was Team Fitzgerald. Eden's brother and father helped her build an 8' Steamer.Team Kamm from our August Board Blitz. Joel and Lucia built a 6'2" CI Biscuit.Later in August we had a class with seven people, including an Australian and two Brazilians, as well as Beckley and Steve, our first Jordan Project Scholarship winners! Jon Wegener co-taught our paipo class in September, kicking off our Surf Re-Evolution weekend.The guys from Entropy Resins stayed after Surf Re-Evolution to build a couple boards of their own. T.J., Jimmy, and Grant built a 6'5" Seed, 9' Root, and a 5'10" Waka later in September.In the beginning of October we built boards at the Korduroy.TV headquarters in Encinitas, California.Veteran student Bob built a 4'5" Leaf with an intricate plank design.Scott won a class spot at the 3S Artspace fundraiser at Grain in August. He came back in October with a buddy and built himself a 10' Waterlog.Michael and Jack made some logs in our last board building class of 2012.In our last class of the year, Jack glassed the 10' Waterlog he built in our November class and Ryan glassed the 8' Steamer he built from a HomeGrown Kit.
We're looking forward to all of this year's classes! See you in Maine, California, or the UK!